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Android is Google’s mobile operating system, launched in September 2008, although its history technically began with the release of the Android alpha in November 2007.

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Android Stories August 23

How to replace the Spotify widget for Android

Spotify for Android lost its homescreen widget in a recent update, much to the chagrin of some longtime users. If you want to replace Spotify for Android’s widget, here are a couple of ways to bring it back.

Android Stories August 22

Minecraft Earth now available for Android in beta, Google Play pre-registration

The latest AR game that’s set to hit smartphones is Microsoft’s Minecraft Earth. Today, Minecraft Earth has finally arrived on the Google Play Store for Android, but it’s only in beta for the time being.

Huawei will stick with Android for its next smartphone, confirms HarmonyOS watch

Huawei’s future has been in flux for quite some time, specifically with how Android will be used by the company. This week, Huawei has confirmed that its next smartphone will still run on Android, but it does have plans for more HarmonyOS products.

Android Stories August 21

The popularity of iMessage in the US continues to grow, and the infamous “green bubble” can leave Android users out of group chats or even turn off potential relationships. Since Apple won’t bring an iMessage client to Android, Samsung has put together a collection of GIFs that its users can send as a comeback to iPhone users who complain about their “green bubble.”

Yeah, they’re super weird.

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Open up your smartphone web browser and the experience is probably pretty snappy if you have a new or reasonably new smartphone. Enter Google Go, a cut-down version of Google Search that is designed specifically for modest hardware and slow connections.

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Android will soon support the Xbox Elite Controller, at least over USB

Gaming on smartphones is getting continually better, and with services like Google Stadia and Nvidia GeForce Now on the horizon, that future is only looking brighter. Now, Android is looking to add support for the Xbox Elite Controller in a future update.

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